Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Leonard B. Wilcox

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police Services, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, January 31, 1986

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Reflections for Police Officer Leonard B. Wilcox

Rest in peace Officer Wilcox.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 12, 2019

I knew Mark as well, from the first day he started at Brecksville VAMC. Fine young man, fine Officer.

Marion "Mike" Wichrowski (Chief, Ret)

March 6, 2018

Rest in peace Leo, I remember you and Mark. I have viewed your name on the memorial at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy. I am sorry your children did not get your years of attention.

Mark Manley
Ret. Det Painesville police/Veteran Admin police officer

March 31, 2012

Today I sat at work and I received a voicemail from my aunt,that shares your b-day. Happy belated birthday, Aug 16. My heart fluttered when my aunt told me she seen your name in the paper forbade memorial on Avon. So o did what all people do now days I googled your name.and up camebthis page. Dad it felt so good, to see your are still in peoples hearts. I sit in my back office crying and typing this memo. Tears of joy. I was six,when you went home. I'm now 32, ( ok accidentaly said my age.)lol. But I remember the day like yesterday when mom grandma was watching tv and it came on the screen and we got that phon e call. I miss you so much,I always go to the store to smell your Fav cologne . Grey flannel. I look at your picture and I tell my children all about you. I will make it back to Ohio to see this memorial. I live in ga now. Please take care of mom. May you both rest in peace leonard b wilcox,and Cynthia p wilcox. Your live were both short lived. Lord I thank you for the time I had with you both. I miss Yall so dearly. I will see Yall again some day. Thank -you to all Thats keep my fathers spirit alive. Thanks uncle Sean for you post I love you!

Altovise elizabeth wilcox
daughter of Leonard B. Wilcox

August 20, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 31, 2011

On Monday January 31,2011 marks the 25th year that Off. Wilcox and Off. Decker(both veterans)were on duty was shot and Killed attempting to help a veteran seeking treatment at the Brecksville,Ohio US Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Ctr.
These Police Officers paid the ultimate price serving to Protect and Serve fellow veterans, Employees, and visitors
who come to the Medical Center.
Their Dedication to duty is highly commeneded by their actions that evening.
Condolences goes to their families, May they Rest in Peace and may God Bless them.

Steven M. Hnatiak(Lt. Ret)Past Pres.FOP

January 30, 2011

Officer Wilcox,
On today, the 24th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



January 31, 2010

I have been to our Veterns Hospital here in Western North Carolina and have seen the officers at work. I hope that your force is armed now. I know certain "political" beliefs makes some area's even today believe that there police or public safety forces should be "unarmed" and this type of thing still occurrs. Your actions that terrible day may have saved many, many lives. Police will always act like police regardless of the fact that have have a sidearm, your courage and drive to protect still came out. A greatful nation will always be in your debt.

Public Safety Supervisor Gary Mintz
Warren Wilson College N.C.,Dept of Public Safety

July 5, 2008

Hero's are never forgotten! Continue to rest in peace brother.

Police Officer - Paul Bodenhamer
Dept of Veterans Affairs

April 10, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 31, 2008

Officer Wilcox, thank you for your service and dedication. You will not be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

March 21, 2008

Such a tragic loss. Why heros have to die like this, is a shame. :( Today Officer Leonard Wilcox, you are not forgotten, for today, you are remembered! :) I only hope to meet all you heros in heaven one day. It would be grand! :)

kristine wilton
cousin of Christopher Nicholson/Smithsburg Md. EOW-12/19/2007

February 15, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

January 22, 2008

Officer Wilcox and Hearns will never be forgotten by their brothers and sisters of the VA Police.

Michael Giannetti
VA Police, Boston, Mass

February 3, 2007


Former Police Officer
Dept. of Veterans Affairs (Wash DC)

January 31, 2007

Officer Wilcox, today marks the 21st anniversary of your murder. You gave your life in service to the people of the United States and most especially to our beloved Veterans. I wonder if, had you been armed that day, you might have survived. We’ll never know for sure, but your sacrifice helped to wake up the bureaucrats to the need for EVERY POLICE OFFICER to be armed. It’s still a long road with a lot of administrators living in a fantasy world, but thankfully, the VA Police are now properly equipped.

Thank you, not for your sacrifice, but for your service to others. God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 31, 2007

Rest in peace sir. You will never be forgotten.

Officer Ryan McNeil
Medicine Lodge, KS Police Department

November 9, 2006

It is 20yrs gone by and the family still grieves you and everyday pledge to make the world safer in your honor.

Sean Burkes

October 4, 2006

Dear Officer Wilcox,

You were killed by bureacracy, in 2000 my uncle tried to get me to apply at the va in Asheville, North Carolina. I did not apply, because at the time they did not carry firearms. That changed in 2002, and not a moment too soon, because just this year a man walked in and shot himself in the head. Also in 2000 the va police in Salisbury, North Carolina shot a man who had shot a doctor in the heart (miraculosly the doctor survived). They had just been issued their weapons two months earlier. I hope all the burecrats read this and wake up.

Rest in Peace Sir

August 4, 2006

John 11:35

D. Clark
Veterans Affairs

April 12, 2006

May you rest in peace.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

February 6, 2006


Police Officer Donny A. Smith #4040
Veterans Affairs Police Richmond, VA

March 4, 2005

When I was at the VA Police Basic Police School, this tragic incident was discussed. May Officer Wilcox and Officer Decker both rest in peace and god bless them.


October 11, 2004

I remember this well. It was a sad day for us all. Rest in Peace Brother.


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